Conclusion: Institutional Logics of European Integration

James A. Caporaso and Alec Stone Sweet

in The Institutionalization of Europe

Published in print August 2001 | ISBN: 9780199247967
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601088 | DOI:
 Conclusion: Institutional Logics of European Integration

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This concluding chapter examines the use that is made in the book of institutionalist theory to address the question of European integration, a use that is described as not typical in the study of the European Union, which is usually approached via international relations and integration theory. Issues that result from taking this institutional approach (i.e. analysing European political integration as institutionalization rather than as international relations) are briefly discussed, before going on to see how the Europe of the last half of the twentieth century has provided social scientists with rich opportunities for evaluating how new political systems evolve and emerge. Some of the aspects examined are: the concept of institutions; the impact of institutions; feedback effects (feedback loops liking actors to organizations, to institutions, and back again); institutional coherence; institutions and society; and the demand for, and supply of, institutions.

Keywords: European integration; European Union; feedback effects; feedback loops; institutional coherence; institutionalist theory; institutionalization; institutions; institutions and society; integration theory; international relations; political integration; political systems

Chapter.  7638 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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